Michael Bonner

Uncut's 20 Best Films Of 2014...



Uncut's 20 Best Films Of 2014...

Here, for your consideration, is Uncut's list of the 20 Best Films Of 2014. If you're interested in the administrative aspect of this list, it was voted for by a shadowy cabal of Uncut staffers, writers and a few trusted confidants. It broadly dovetails with my own personal Top 20, though I think the film that's stuck with me most throughout the year is the wonderfully strange Under The Skin. But I won't detain you further. Have a great Christmas and New Year, by the way: see you in 2015.


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John Mulvey

The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014



The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014

Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.


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Michael Bonner

A long interview with Neil Young guitarist Poncho Sampedro: "Most people turn a corner, Neil ricochets..."



A long interview with Neil Young guitarist Poncho Sampedro: "Most people turn a corner, Neil ricochets..."

For our end of year issue, I wrote a cover story about Neil Young's 2014. Among the many people I interviewed was Crazy Horse guitarist, Poncho Sampedro, who's been playing with Neil for 40 years. I thought it might be nice to share the full transcript - it's over 6,000 words long, and covers a lot of ground. We started off talking about the current state of Billy Talbot's health, the Crazy Horse bassist who'd suffered a minor stroke earlier in the year. For the record, our interview took place on November 3, 2014; a few days before the death of bassist Rick Rosas, who'd deputised for Talbot during the band's 2014 tour dates.


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John Mulvey

D'Angelo's "Black Messiah": some first thoughts



D'Angelo's "Black Messiah": some first thoughts

When Thom Yorke sneaked out his new solo album a few months back, I managed to hold out for 66 hours before writing a review of "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes". Since waking up early yesterday morning to a lot of very excited Americans on my Twitter timeline, I've been playing D'Angelo's "Black Messiah" many times: another rich and complex album that seems fundamentally ill-suited to any kind of snap judgment reviewing.


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Michael Bonner

When Frank met Bob: hear Sinatra and Dylan sing Shadows In The Night



When Frank met Bob: hear Sinatra and Dylan sing Shadows In The Night

Amazing scenes in the Uncut office last week, when Bob Dylan finally announced Shadows In The Night - his latest studio album featuring interpretations of Frank Sinatra standards.


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Michael Bonner

Joanna Newsom, Jonny Greenwood and Neil Young: Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice previewed



Joanna Newsom, Jonny Greenwood and Neil Young: Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice previewed

Interesting news last week in the Los Angeles Times, which reported that the Los Angeles apartment occupied by Elliot Gould’s Philip Marlowe in Robert Altman's great 1973 film The Long Goodbye is now available for rent. One bedroom, one bathroom, private parking, hardwood floors and a terrace, with access via a private elevator, it can be yours for around £1,790 a month. Serendipitously, Altman’s The Long Goodbye has been rattling round my head for a few weeks now, since I saw Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, Inherent Vice.


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Michael Bonner

"We were like a little family": an interview with Doug Yule and Mo Tucker about The Velvet Underground



"We were like a little family": an interview with Doug Yule and Mo Tucker about The Velvet Underground

I reviewed The Velvet Underground: 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition for new issue of Uncut. It's a comprehensive, six-disc set compiling the band's third album in an assortment of mixes, plus 1969 demos and a live recording from The Matrix in San Francisco. Of course, it marks the first album the band recorded after John Cale had left, with Doug Yule assuming bass and (some) vocal duties. I was fortunate enough to speak to both Yule and Mo Tucker for a Q&A to accompany my review.


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John Mulvey

The 45th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 45th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

First off, thanks for all your kind and indulgent comments about my 154 best albums of 2014 blog; I'm genuinely grateful and touched by the feedback.


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John Mulvey

Reviewed: Sun Kil Moon live at St John's, Hackney, London, December 3, 2014



Reviewed: Sun Kil Moon live at St John's, Hackney, London, December 3, 2014

Tuesday night, I went to see the War On Drugs guy again. I mention this, in relation to Mark Kozelek and Sun Kil Moon's Hackney show, because Kozelek doesn't stop mentioning it himself for much of the two and a half hour show; a show which, by the by, is one of the very best and certainly most surprising I've ever seen him play.


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John Mulvey

The 154 Best Albums Of 2014 (A very personal list...)



The 154 Best Albums Of 2014 (A very personal list...)

Hey, here are my 154 favourite albums of 2014. As usual, I haven't aimed for a fixed number; just listed everything, in a loose order, that I've enjoyed these past 12 months.


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...